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Horizons Kick Off Jan. 9

Trout Lake News for Jan. 4

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Presbyterian Church Ray Thygesen will introduce the "Horizons" program to community members. There is a potluck 6 p.m. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come. You may bring a side dish to the potluck.

As reported several weeks ago, Horizons is a community education and training program administered by Washington State University Extension aimed at providing local residents with tools to create a thriving community and reduce poverty.

Selected community members recently attended regional "Spotlight" meetings to learn about the program and have chosen to participate in the program.

The goal of the Horizons Project is to help members of the community develop skills, tools and practical strategies to address needs specially identified by that community. The first program will begin in January. It is a series of local conversations known as "Study Circles." The program uses a discussion guide called "Thriving Communities: Working together to move from poverty to prosperity for all."

"Local residents of all ages and backgrounds are needed to take part in the local conversation circles, either as a participant or a facilitator," said WSU Horizons Project director Doreen Hauser- Lindstrom. "This is a program for all community members -- so individuals of all ages hear and understand different ideas and thoughts."

People interested in learning more about the Horizons program should contact Ava Van Velsor at the WSU/Klickitat County Extension office, 773-5817 or Ray Thygesen, 395-2318 or Doug Anderson, 395-9307 (after 2/17/07).

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Ray Thygesen spoke at the Community Council Meeting regarding the program. Come to the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday Jan. 9, enjoy the potluck at 6 and the presentation beginning at 7. There is a need for your participation in this interesting opportunity. You may choose to be part of the upcoming study groups.

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